Maybe The Welders – Girls and Guitars – Single Review

Maybe The Welders – the Garage rock quartet from the USA release the Single Girls And Guitars on the 7th July.

Maybe The Welders - Girls And Guitars

Maybe The Welders

As you read the preamble – play around with the speaker sound settings – turn up bass, hurl to maximum volume and give it another twist, stand up and create some floor space in which you can stamp your rhythm….. Whilst there are advantages to being a music reviewer, there are also disadvantages and in the back of my mind I knew, I knew I had blown my speakers this song when I was alerted to the release details and spent a good fifteen minutes checking the various websites to ensure I hadn’t already shared the track. Having first written about Maybe The Welders back in 2012 – they, as do many bands who I regularly feature through their development, often send me early demo material, even in concept stage and Girls And Guitars is a song I knew, because I knew the demo version.

Enough of the ‘knews’ you are thinking….

Girls And Guitars finds Maybe The Welders offering greater texture than previous releases, as the guitars are fused through gauze-strips and of more impression, the vocal, which now switches between two voices, are also blurred, giving the whole out-put, strangely enough, a far more powerful and confident stance. The percussion and bass, remain unchanged in their furious temper, which allows the band to deliver something new, with a sense of something already understood.

If this is the new direction of travel for Maybe The Welders, I get the feeling of good things ahead.

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BORDER1355 featuring Ghost WARS – Torture – Single Review

BORDER1355 – the indie-EDM producer – Daniel Wanrooy from the Netherlands released the single Torture on the 15th.

BORDER1355 featuring Ghost WARS - Torture  - artwork

BORDER1355 featuring Ghost WARS – Torture – artwork

Daniel Wanrooy – you are thinking, I know that name? You are right, he has previously featured under his own name. BORDER1355, a brand new project which finds Daniel in more considered mood as he flexes the micro-processors to avenues anew.

Whilst retaining a pulsing club sound, BORDER1355 finds room to captivate the attention of audiences with broader interests in the release of Torture, as the music bends and folds into itself, think – an aural description of a club light-show, from the perspective of the desk at the front of the stage, rather than the lights following the music.

A more than satisfying début release under the new moniker, which finds plenty to keep the body transfixed and if so minded, to allow the brain to explore the rivulets of sound.

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The Luka State – The Price Of Education – LP Review

The English indie-rock band The Luka State released the LP The Price Of Education yesterday.

The Luka State - The Price Of Education - CD

The Luka State – The Price Of Education – CD

This had been intended to be a pre-release article, but sadly my organisational skills came to the fore, The Price Of Education does bear relation to the band introduced a year ago, of joy The Luke State have finessed their sound, allowing the music to flow more confidently around the room, the addition of the fourth player enables them to develop the ideas to greater extent.

Opening with Dream #40 an apt title as the thirty nine second introduction of waves of instrumentation lulls the listener into a haven of calm….

…To be shaken out of the reverie by a track that featured in  March, the anthemic shoegazy  The Believer, which will have you waving your arms in chant.

The third piece is my pick of the release – Hangin’ Round – thumps of ill-mannered bass bounce around the room, whilst percussion chases along the piece, to which The Luka State cleverly utilise a slowly following almost reluctant guitar, whilst the vocal switches between the two paces, giving the track an impressive showcase of musicianship – an idea which could have fallen into a trap of trying to be too clever, results in the exact opposite, displaying the band as highly competent composers, with a sound that settles naturally on the ears and needs immediate replay.

The half-way stage is marked by Feed Your Soul – that finds The Luka State in more measured mood as the music flows in a rock driven format, to which they add their brushes of shoegaze influence, which affords the track various layers of texture, giving the audience plenty to hold attention.

Can’t Bring Myself, which featured in April, is a pleasure to find again, with its foot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll tempo that adds a further dimension to The Price Of Education, with the emphasis on dampers not reverb, and allows the the audience to work their legs in unison, even getting to play air drum-kit.

Daytime TV, explores different avenues for the quartet, opening and closing with megaphoned vocals in a driving blues rock track that I particularly enjoy as it finds The Luka State with a more aggressive stance, into which they suddenly bring in Violins, adding to their repertoire of surprises, which makes them such a pleasure to spend time with. Once again they are able to bring disparity of ingredients to the mixing desk and not confuse, rather leave the listener in delighted mood.

Closing out a fine thirty one minute release – The Price Of Education is Bring This All Together – the shortest track, barring the instrumental opening, at under two minutes fifty, another number of driving bass / percussion, with dreamy guitar and a vocal that could easily be imagined stretching across a big stadium.

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Avalanche Party – The Avalanche Party EP – EP Review

The English alt-rock quartet Avalanche Party released the EP – The Avalanche Party EP on the 1st.

Avalanche Party - Avalanche Party EP - EP Review

Avalanche Party

Opening the sixteen minute, five track release is the briefest song – Obstacle, which is also my pick of the release, with its furious scavenging hunt around the room in tempestuous scowling. I get the sense that Syncrude Tailings Dam Mildred MLSB would be struggling to hold this piece of music behind the concrete.

Next is Revolution, which more dedicated readers will recognise from a post in May on the sister site Indie Music Videos.

The halfway stage is Mountains, which portrays Avalanche Party in a completely different mood as the voice is pushed to forefront in their most melodic piece thus far. Well worth a listen as it demonstrates the genuine musicianship that allows Avalanche Party to so easily launch fusillades of soundwaves, which form coherent constructs and a testament to their collective abilities.

The penultimate track – Let’s Get Together is another storm-trooper of wall of sound as the familiar territory is regained and sits as an oblique angle to the previous number.

Closing out The Avalanche Party EP is the song that was used to introduce the band back in April – Money.

The Avalanche Party EP is available on bandcamp.

A superb first EP and I am already salivating over the first LP. I will let you know of more news, as it becomes available, about a band with the potential to travel far, if they decide they wish to dig a route to victory in this shallow trench of the world of music.

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The Everglows – Lost & Found – Single Review

The Mod-rock outfit from England The Everglows have recently surfaced with a new track.

The Everglows - Lost & Found

The Everglows

With an ever burgeoning diary of live performances, it is good to have the chance to take a listen to their journey of sound for those of us who haven’t had the opportunity to see them live.

Lost & Found is the most melancholic track I have heard from the trio as they reflect on that languid Sunday afternoon in the sun after a plenitude of drinks at lunch-time. An acoustic sound wafts through the track which runs at just under three minutes. Their distinctive mod roots remain firmly entrenched in the piece, though this time weaved by more a reflective lyrical and compositional style reminding of The Kinks and ’60s Brit-pop rather than bullet power of The Who, which continues the more considered layering of sounds that surfaced in their last release, the psychedelic It’s All Right (For You & Me).

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